Brent A. Brown, AIA

Founding Director

Brent A. Brown, is an architect, city planner and urban designer working daily to solve difficult problems in our urban and rural geographies. He balances social, economic and environmental issues through his creative lens and participatory methods in order to enhance livability for all citizens.  Through his efforts across Texas, the United States and parts of Europe, he is re-visioning how we live, work and play.  In 2005, Mr. Brown founded the buildingcommunityWORKSHOP, a Texas non-profit community design resource seeking to improve quality of communities in Dallas. Under his leadership [bc] has expanded across Texas and now works throughout the United States with offices in Dallas, the Rio Grande Valley, Houston and Washington DC. With projects ranging in scale from single family home design or neighborhood based cultural place-making activities to re-designing of our national disaster recovery system, Brent has repeatedly assembled diverse teams and invented situation specific processes delivering innovative solutions making places better and improving people's lives. In Houston, his work with the city has delivered more than $50 million dollars of new housing while engaging dozens of partners and hundreds of community residents in a nationally recognized multi neighborhood revitalization effort.

In parallel from 2009 until February 2017, he served as the Founding Director of the City of Dallas’ CityDesign Studio and Dallas’ Design Director stewarding the urban design vision for the city. His work directly impacted more than one billion dollars of new city building projects across the public and private sectors. This work has led to his involvement in the Netherlands as a member of the International Advisory Board of Rotterdam since 2013 providing advice to the Mayor and the Municipal Executive on matters of economic development and other aspects of the urban development. Beginning in January 2017, Brent accepted the position of Interim President with the Trinity Park Conservancy and today is working to build capacity in the organization and deliver the new 200 acre plus Trinity River Park.

Winner of dozens of local, national and international awards, he is especially proud to have been selected as a 2013 Rudy Bruner Award Silver Medalist, recognizing innovative thinking about the built environment and advancing conversation about making cities better and the Copper-Hewitt’s inclusion of his work in the recent exhibition, By the People: Designing a Better America.

Brent resides with his wife Anne and their son Elliott in the century plus old Munger Place Neighborhood in Old East Dallas.


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